Profession Coaching isn’t all about money! It’s about helping people become better people, and helping people have better lives. The money is a real bonus! For me, I believe we are our brother’s keepers. There is one on one coaching where coaches make an hourly income usually under contract for a certain number of sessions. Some Professional Recovery Coaches will go to events with the client, or stay with the client for a period of time to help them get through a difficult period in their lives. Then there are group presentations such as webinars where the coach presents to large groups for a set price per person. Some coaches make passive income through their websites selling DVD programs, books, newsletters, memberships, etc. Some of these coaches can make large sums of income within a year.
Don’t be mistaken! These Professional Addiction Recovery Coaches are highly trained, very skilled, knowledgeable, educated, and experts in their respective fields. Some seem to think that these coaches are just recovering alcoholics that are like AA sponsors, that couldn’t be farther from reality! These Professional Coaches are experts! They have to be the best in their field because they’re not dealing with a failing business; they’re dealing with a failing life! The stakes couldn’t ne higher for these pros!
It seems like every week there is a new emerging drug on the streets that can kill our kids. Every week science finds some new evidence to deal with addiction. Every month or two a new modality pops up to help people recover from addiction. From engagement through disengagement, the coach has to help differentiate the true from the false. Not an easy task at all!
There are many schools of thought as to life coaching philosophy. Each coach will develop their own philosophy as they train, learn, and practice their craft. Successful coaches develop their own niche of expertise in coaching. Some coaches specialize in business coaching, other fitness coaching, career coaching, financial coaching, relationship coaching, and recovery coaching. There are many other types of coaching as well.
I would like to focus on professional recovery coaching. There is also peer-recovery coaching. Professional-recovery coaches receive professional training that involves certain competencies such as ethics, action planning, active listening, powerful questioning, legal responsibilities, and referral through disengagement, interactive and written testing, and much more. Professional-recovery coaching is a client and results driven service that is a form of strengths based support for those persons with addictions, or in recovery from alcohol or drug dependence, process addictions, codependency, and other addictive behaviors.
Professional-recovery coaches do not diagnose, provide primary treatment, and don’t subscribe to any particular modality of treatment. The coaches don’t deal with any mental-health issues. They don’t do therapy or any form of counseling. Professional-recovery coaching is action oriented, emphasizing improving present life and achieving future goals.
Bob Timmons, a California based addiction specialist, is recognized as introducing recovery coaching into the mainstream in 1986. He assisted a famous rock band to find sobriety from heroin addiction.
Today there are coaching specializations within the niche of professional coaching. For example, within the field of professional recovery coaching, there is family recovery coaching, gambling addiction coaching, sex addiction coaching, and others. There are many training courses offered to train coaches on these specialty niches.
Make sure that you find a good trainer to coach you on the fundamentals of Professional Coaching. You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the information and skill sets you need to be an excellent coach. There are no licensing requirements to date for Professional Coaches; any excellent Master Coach can help you acquire the tools, core competencies, and skill sets you will need to master your craft.